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  • International Program Guide 2020

    k w a n t l e n p o l y t e c h n i c u n i v e r s i t y M E T R O V A N CO U V E R , B C C A N A D A

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    4 WHERE IS KPU? 8 DISCOVER WHAT IS POSSIBLE 9 FACULTY OVERVIEW 16 STUDENT LIFE 18 HOUSING 19 WHAT CAN I GRADUATE WITH?

    22 WHAT WILL IT COST? 23 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 25 THE KPU PATHWAY 26 PROGRAM DETAILS 32 CO-OP & STUDY ABROAD 34 I’M READY TO APPLY

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    KWANTLEN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY » INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS

    » HANDS-ON LEARNING

    » STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES So you’ve decided to go international. Maybe you’re an adventure-seeker, looking for exciting new experiences. Or maybe you’ve been inspired by your family to seek opportunities away from home. Your reasons are as unique as you are, but one thing is certain: you’re doing it for your future.

    Here at KPU, we’ve inspired, nurtured, and shaped the futures of nearly 220,000 students, thousands of whom were international students just like you. We’re proud that so many of our KPU alumni go on to excel in their careers as accountants, fashion designers, brewmasters, artists, entrepreneurs, and much more. They’re helping to shape our world—you can, too.

    When you enroll at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, you’re not just starting your studies. You’re taking charge of your future.

    140 programs

    20,000+ students

    Students from 70 countries at KPU1

    95% employment rate for KPU degree

    graduates in the work force2

    $17,000 average yearly tuition for full-time

    international students

    Average undergraduate class size

    of 30 students (Average class size of 17

    students in English Language Studies courses)1In 2018/19 academic year. 2Graduates surveyed in 2018

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    Whether you feel energized by the buzz of a vibrant city or enjoy exploring the quiet of the great outdoors, you’ll love it here. Metro Vancouver is a safe, fun, and exciting region that’s consistently listed as one of the best places in the world in which to live. It’s no wonder there are over 150,000 international students like you who are studying in Metro Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia1.

    Welcome to your new home.

    TEMPERATE WEATHER » BREATHTAKING NATURE » MULTICULTURAL, MODERN CITIES

    METRO VANCOUVER

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    2.4 MILLION RESIDENTS3

    191 LANGUAGES SPOKEN4

    #1 IN CANADA FOR QUALITY OF LIVING2

    1. Source: Student Transitions Project, “International Students in BC’s Education Systems,” 2018. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/post-secondary-education/data-research/stp/ stp-international-research-results.pdf 2. Source: Mercer Quality of Living Rankings, 2019 https://mobilityexchange.mercer.com/Insights/quality-of-living-rankings 3. Source: Statistics Canada. 2017. Vancouver [Census metropolitan area], British Columbia and British Columbia [Province] (table). Census Profile. 2016 Census. https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/ dp-pd/prof/index.cfm?Lang=E. 4. Source: CBC 2012 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/english-remains-top-mother-tongue-in-toronto-area-1.1249550.

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    KPU CAMPUSES

    Check it out for yourself! Book a campus tour:

     kpu.ca/international/campus-tour

    KPU’S FIVE CAMPUSES ARE STRATEGICALLY SITUATED IN CENTRAL LOCATIONS ACROSS METRO VANCOUVER, SO YOU’RE NEVER FAR FROM ACCESSING THE SERVICES THAT YOU NEED.

    KPU Civic Plaza » KPU Langley » KPU Richmond » KPU Surrey » KPU Tech There’s even a free KPU shuttle that travels between KPU Surrey, KPU Langley, and KPU Tech! Wherever you are, we’ll be there for you.

    https://www.kpu.ca/international/campus-tour

  • BRITISH COLUMBIA

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    NORTH VANCOUVER

    VANCOUVER

    RICHMOND

    BURNABY

    DELTA

    WHITE ROCK

    DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER

    NEW WESTMINSTER

    PORT MOODY

    COQUITLAM

    PORT COQUITLAM

    PITT MEADOWS

    MAPLE RIDGE

    SURREY

    LANGLEY

    CLOVERDALE

    ABBOTSFORDCANADA/USA BORDER

    YVR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    TO WHISTLER

    TO VICTORIA

    METRO VANCOUVER

    BORDER

    KPU RICHMOND

    KPU SURREY

    KPU TECH

    KPU LANGLEY

    KPU CIVIC PLAZA

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    Discover WHAT IS POSSIBLE

    WHAT IS POSSIBLE? ANYTHING. WHETHER YOU WANT TO START A BUSINESS, SAVE LIVES, BETTER THE ENVIRONMENT, OR TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION, YOUR POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS AND THEY START RIGHT HERE, IN THE COMMUNITIES YOU'LL BE A PART OF AND THE ONES YOU'LL SOON CALL HOME. We’ll prove it to you.

    Our five Metro Vancouver campuses allow you to stay relevant and stay connected. That means you’ll see and experience the difference you’re making first-hand. We’ll help you get involved and collaborate with professional organizations, community groups, and industry leaders. As Canada’s only polytechnic university, we’re committed to giving you unparalleled experiences that set you up for success.

    You can make a difference and become part of something bigger. So what is possible? Anything. And we’ll prove it to you right here.

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    To build a steady house, we need good bricks. So ELS provided me with a good background on which to build my career in primary school education.” – Lyn Nguyen, GRAD, ENGLISH LANGUAGE STUDIES (ELS)

     kpu.ca/aca

    Faculty of Academic & Career Advancement Take the next step in your education, work towards your CAREER GOALS, and build on your skills and experience while you take upgrading courses, further your studies, and PREPARE FOR WORK IN YOUR FIELD OF CHOICE.

    See program details for requirements P26 – 31

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    English Language Studies at KPU helped Lyn improve both her reading and writing skills, taking her closer to her career goals. She credits her wonderful experience to the instructors at KPU who were committed to assisting her, every step of the way.

    https://www.kpu.ca/aca

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    Faculty of Arts Other degrees prepare you for the known; an arts degree prepares you for the unknown. Build a SOLID FOUNDATION IN CREATIVE AND CRITICAL THINKING while you explore social and cultural issues in humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and more.

    See program details for requirements P26 – 31

    WHAT IS POSSIBLE

     kpu.ca/arts

    Few people go from beauty queen to conflict-zone reporting, but for Hayley that's exactly what happened. A previous Miss White Rock and Miss British Columbia Ambassador, Hayley came to KPU to study journalism. Here she traveled, trained, and tapped into her passion for writing.

    KPU not only taught me how to communicate; it reinforced my passion and ultimately led me into a career.” – Hayley Woodin, GRAD, BACHELOR OF JOURNALISM

    https://www.kpu.ca/arts

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    S School of Business Develop the real-world skills, knowledge, and PRACTICAL KNOW-HOW to succeed in the business world. Explore how to operate market-leading companies, develop impactful corporate social responsibility, and DISCOVER WHAT MAKES AN INSPIRED LEADER.

    See program details for requirements P26 – 31

    Change WHAT IS POSSIBLE

    KPU gave me a positive outlook on the business world.” – Ayanthi Samarasinghe (Sri Lanka), GRAD, BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP

     kpu.ca/business

    For Ayanthi, business is about giving back to the community—something she learned at KPU through community outreach and mentorship. Now working in client care management at the Royal Bank, Ayanthi continues to volunteer in her spare time, carrying her business philosophy forward.

    https://www.kpu.ca/business

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    KPU helped me turn my passion into a career.”

    – Chanelle Percival (Australia), STUDENT, GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR MARKETING DESIGN

     kpu.ca/design

    Disrupt WHAT IS POSSIBLE Wilson School of Design If you have an EYE FOR DESIGN, a head for business, and a SKETCHBOOK FULL OF IDEAS, the Wilson School of Design is for you. Push yourself to your creative limits and prepare for a dynamic FUTURE IN THE DESIGN INDUSTRY.

    See program details for requirements P26 – 31

    Chanelle came to KPU from Edith Cowan University in Australia to study graphic design as an exchange student. Studying at KPU gave her the opportunity to apply her skills in a real-world setting, with real life clients which highlighted the importance of being adaptable in the workforce. Chanelle enjoyed bringing conceptual designs to life and is proud that her work will live on in Vancouver through local projects she contributed to.

    https://www.kpu.ca/design

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    I don't want to retire yet because I love to pass on my knowledge and skills to students. I am proud to be teaching at KPU, the first public university in Canada to run a TCM program.” – Dr. Steve Chan, FACULTY, TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

    Dr. Chan began his career as an engineer, but after hurting his spine in an accide